It's that time again, and today my guest is American sci-fi and fantasy author Alison Lyke.
PB: So, Alison, welcome to pjbermanbooks.com. Tell us a bit about your background.
AL: I’m a sci-fi and fantasy author of two novels, Honey (2013) and Forever People (2019). I’m an English and Communications professor with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. I live in Western New York with my partner and two sons. My hobbies include gaming, hiking, yoga, and meditation.
PB: What made you decide to become an author?
AL: My family always surrounded me with books, and I developed a love of reading. I wanted to be an author since I understood what one was.
PB: When did you first start writing?
AL: I used to write and illustrate little books when I was in elementary school. My illustration skills are still lacking.
PB: What was the first story that you can remember writing?
AL: When I was about six years old, I wrote a story about a girl’s whose imagination was so strong all her stories came true. I’m still waiting.
PB: Tell us about your upcoming release.
AL: Forever People came out in April, my publisher, Black Rose Writing just released the book on Kindle Unlimited, and it will be on sale for $0.99 from 11/08 to 16/08. Other than that, I’m in the editing stage of my 3rd novel.
PB: What inspires you?
AL: I read and listen to podcasts from on a ton of different topics and perspectives. I’m inspired by learning about other points of view, scientific breakthroughs, and world culture.
PB: Of all your achievements, which are you most proud of?
AL: I am the proudest of finishing my book Forever People. My brother passed away in an accident as I was finishing the novel. I put the book aside, and I didn’t write for the first time in life. That lasted about six months, and I realized I had to overcome and keep going, so I finished the book.
PB: What is your favourite book series to read, and why?
AL: The Lord of the Rings is my favorite series. I enjoy the classic fantasy setting and the timeless story.
PB: What are your long term ambitions, career-wise?
AL: I’m hoping to have continued success with my books. My next novel is launching a series, so I’d like to gain some attention from the series. I plan on writing a book every year or two.
PB: If you weren’t an author, what career would you be in?
AL: I’m also a professor and I love teaching. It’s complementary to my writing, and it’s the perfect combination for my life.
PB: What’s the next target for you?
AL: I’m hoping to launch the first book in my new series in the next year or so.
PB: And finally, tell us a random fact about yourself.
AL: I was bitten by a fox while rescuing my Siamese cat from an attack and I had to go to a clinic for a series of rabies shots. I experienced the only perceptible Western New York earthquake that has happened in my lifetime, while in the rabies clinic waiting room.
Thank you so much to Alison Lyke for talking to us today! Don't forget you can find out more about Alison and purchase her novels, Honey and Forever People here:
Until next time!
Have a great week!